3 New Albums Out this week you Should Listen to Now: Claire Rousay, Tony Shhnow, and IU
This week we highlight new music from Claire Rousay, Tony Shhnow, and IU.
Claire Rousay – sometimes i feel like i have no friends
Claire Rousay is a San Antonio based musician that focuses on personal emotions and everyday life. She accomplishes that by gathering field recordings from whispers, conversations, environmental happenings, and other everyday occurrences. Whatever she can record, she will likely bring into her work. sometimes i feel like i have no friends is her latest work. It’s a 28-minute single track that pulls you into her world within the first few minutes. And once you’re in, you find yourself working to decipher each element and its setting. At one moment you are alone with Claire and her spoken word, and the next it sounds as if you are a passenger along for a car ride. Throughout the recording, Miss Rousay blends the soundscape from one to the other making the minimal the centerpiece. Additional musicians include Emily Harper Scott (Pale Spring) on piano and Mari Maurice on violin.
Standout Songs: sometimes i feel like i have no friends
Tony Shhnow – Kill Streak 2
Up and coming Atlanta-based rapper, Tony Shhnow is closing out 2021 in dominant fashion. On December 27, he dropped his follow-up to 2020’s Kill Streak with Kill Streak 2. The 8-track LP clocks in at just under 17 minutes long with no song hitting the 3-minute mark. But don’t over sleep this album. There isn’t a throw-away track on it. The self-released album sees Tony Shhnow coming into his own. With all the tracks flowing from one to the other the album is one cohesive LP. Keep an eye out for Tony Shhnow in 2022. He is quickly becoming a ‘Shooting Star’.
Standout Songs: Shooting Star, Snake Bites
IU – Pieces
Lee Ji-eun, better known by her stage name, IU, is a South-Korean singer-songwriter and actress. And Pieces is her latest. The EP consists of 5 unreleased songs gathered from previous albums. IU describes how each track on the EP was assembled to form “pieces” of the same picture, “While each of these songs are precious to me, rather than forming their own complete pictures, I thought it was fitting to put them together to create one image.” The EP’s lead track “Winter Sleep” has already seen major success as it sits atop Korea’s major music streaming site Melon. It’s just a matter of time IU will see major success outside of Korea.
Standout Songs: Next Stop, Winter Sleep, Love Letter